Are Guilt, Shame, and Worry Rewarding? You Might Be Surprised

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S If neuroscience came with a slogan, it’d probably be:  The Brain – We’re Just Getting Started. There’s so much yet to learn about this organ. There’s so much to uncover as we grow to understand why gray and white matter matter so much! But we learn a bit more each…

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Episode 16 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Playroom

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Sexual identity and sexual orientation are not discussed often enough in the field of play therapy. But embracing these topics benefits our clients. So does refraining from black and white thinking. After all, children are colorful (and so are we). 1:06 Lisa provides…

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Man’s Best Friend: The Neuroscience Behind the Animal/Person Connection

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S For many humans, connection with animals has been a huge part of their lives. From the deep sense of companionship to the ability to attune to our emotional states, animals leave a lasting impression. They can improve our lifespan too – did you know that some studies suggest that owning…

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Episode 15 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Boredom in the Playroom

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Boredom in the playroom is something most therapists experience  – from an unyielding yawn to counting the ticks of a slow-moving clock, we’ve all found ourselves less than enthused in one session or another. But boredom isn’t always a negative thing. Sometimes, it’s…

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The Brain on Shame

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Most of us, at some point in our practice, will encounter a parent not yet sold on play therapy – we come across dads full of doubts or moms musing over why therapy isn’t the answer. This challenges us – naturally, it’s easier to work with parents who embrace flexibility…

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Marketing Yourself as a Play Therapist

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Therapy will always be about what happens inside the relationship of client and clinician; that’s the meat of the matter. But, therapy is a business, making what happens outside the relationship – among the social media posts and direct mail cards – important too.  That’s because it’s hard to be…

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Episode 14 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: The Four Threats of the Brain​

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes!   Or listen now… From fear of the unknown to uncomfortable incongruence, the brain is a worry wart! It’s forever on the lookout for external and internal threats. And there are certain things that bother it more than others. 1:00 Lisa provides an overview of the…

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Being You? It’s Easier Said Than Done!

by Lisa Dion LPC, RPT-S In a world where we can be anything, the best thing to be is ourselves. It seems simple; after all, being us is suppose to come naturally. But this isn’t typically the case. In fact, obtaining authenticity isn’t always easy – there are many things that get in our way.…

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Keeping the Connection When a Child Wants to Leave

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S From frogs inside of pockets to the darndest things they say, children are full of surprises. In many ways, this is wonderful: they make us laugh and smile and see things from different perspectives. But, sometimes, these surprises give us pause and leave us wondering what to do in certain…

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Episode 13 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Setting Great Goals in Play Therapy

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… From the boardroom to the playroom and everywhere else, setting goals is a vital part of success. But in therapy sessions, the best goals follow certain rules, rules that allow both parent and therapist to see the progress made. After all, it is seeing…

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Growing as a Play Therapist

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Whether you’re a play therapist or a teacher, an architect designing multi-million-dollar buildings or a veterinarian working with sea turtles, it’s easy to grow complacent in your career over time. But, while this comfort can feel like a good thing, complacency comes with a hidden danger: when we think we’ve…

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Games in the Playroom: Tools of Intervention and Assessment

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Some theories of thought suggest that games should be kept out of the playroom and certain therapists abide: they don’t remember Memory, they’re sour on Candyland, they check Checkers at the door. Other therapists welcome games as tools of both intervention and assessment. It’s easy to see why: games are…

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Episode 12 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: When a Child Says They’re Done in the Session

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… A child wanting to end a session early can rattle even the most seasoned therapist. So how do you handle the situation? In this podcast, Lisa Dion discusses how to recognize flooding, return a child to their window of tolerance, and why ending…

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Play Therapy and the Grieving Process: Helping Parents Know That They are Heard

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S It’s natural for us to pass off resistant parents as difficult, but we must remember to put ourselves in their shoes. Play therapy wasn’t part of their parenting plan, leaving it up to us to help them through their grieving process.  As play therapists, we realize early in our careers…

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The Resistant Child: When a Client Refuses to Enter the Playroom

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Kids react to the idea of play therapy differently. Some run into the playroom with Nerf guns a’blazing. Other kids aren’t quite as enthusiastic; they linger in the doorway, torn between their parents and the sandbox. Then there are those who want nothing to do with the process at all.…

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Episode 11 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Making Games Therapeutic in Play Therapy

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… From Candyland’s Gum Drop Mountain to the rungs of Chutes and Ladders, games in play therapy are more than a race to the finish line. They provide us with direct insight into the minds and nervous system states of our child clients.  Learn…

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Turning Time Apart into a Time to Connect

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S I travel all around the world.  Some months I travel a lot.  In order for me to follow my heart and teach, I’m required to travel; to soar, I must board a plane and fly.  And this means that I’m required to spend time away from my daughter.  This is…

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Episode 10 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Helping Parents Explain to their Child Why They are Going to Play Therapy

Be Yourself--authentic therapist in the playroom

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Talking to kids about why they are going to play therapy isn’t always easy.  As play therapists, we can work with parents to help them find a clear explanation that helps soothe their child’s potential anxiety and helps minimize apprehension. Not only does…

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Episode 9 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: The Importance of Gratitude in the Playroom

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… It’s easy to have gratitude for the good things in our lives, but what about the challenges? In this podcast, you’ll learn how appreciation can widen your window of tolerance and open your heart. You’ll also learn that clients come into our playrooms…

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The Forgotten Ones: “Perfect Children” Need Play Therapy Too

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S When it comes to play therapy, the acting out, aggressive, non-compliant, anxious child typically gets referred. Even the sad, depressed, withdrawn child finds a way onto an adult’s radar and gets help. But what about “The Perfect Child”? You know – the child who rarely asks for anything, follows all…

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